Students and parents will find that college disability services is very different from special education in the K-12 setting. We have developed this Transition Information sheet for tips on the transition process.
Here are some basic differences between special education services in high school and disability services in college:
|Services provided under IDEA or Section 504, subpart D||Services provided under Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or Section 504 subpart E|
|Schools responsible for identifying and evaluating the student.||Students must self-identify and provide appropriate and current documentation of their disability.|
|Services provided to ensure success of student.||Services provided to ensure equal access. Success is responsibility of the student.|
|The IEP or 504 plan is mandated and followed.||No IEP or 504 plan. Student given Accommodation Letter to show to instructors.|
|Special education teachers inform instructors of students needs.||Student responsible for informing instructors of disability and accommodations.|
|Assignments and Tests may be modified.||All students are expected to complete the same assignments and tests.|
|Graduation requirements may be waived due to disability (such as foreign language requirements).||Graduation requirements are rarely, if ever, waived due to a disability. Substitutions may be available for certain courses (such as gym courses).|
|Special education case manager ensures student uses special education accommodations and services.||Student responsible for using approved accommodations.|
|Parents involved in planning.||Student determines amount of parental involvement.|
For more differences between high school and college, click here.
Here are some links that can help explain the process:
Office of Civil Rights: Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities
Transition to College: Post-Secondary Disability Consortium of Central New York.
If you are a high school student with a disability and are thinking of or planning to attend Corning Community College, please contact the Student Disability Services office to discuss our services. We are here to help!
Phone: (607) 962-9262